The 15-credit environmental studies certificate program can be added to any undergraduate major and enhances the value of a bachelor’s degree. Students who complete both the certificate curriculum and an undergraduate degree program earn an environmental studies certificate with their degree. Completion of the certificate program is noted on their academic transcripts.


  • Six credits of intermediate or advanced level course work; courses designated by an I/A/D in the timetable
  • A minimum of 8 credits must be taken in residence
  • A 2.00 GPA in the certificate
  • Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not count toward the certificate
  • Spring 2020 and Spring 2021 grading policies apply

Foundation Courses (6 Credits)

  • Take one course from environmental humanities or environmental social science
  • Take one course from physical science or ecological science
  • Courses used in the foundation section cannot also be used in thematic area

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Environmental Humanities / Social Science (Take One Course)

Environmental Humanities

Environmental Social Science

Physical / Ecological Science (Take One Course)

Physical Science

Ecological Science

Environmental Theme Courses (9 Credits)

  • Students are required to take three courses (9 credits) from the thematic areas listed below
  • Courses may be concentrated in one area or taken from multiple areas
  • Courses used in the thematic areas cannot also be used in the foundation section

Note: Nelson Institute topic numbers (ENVIR ST 400, 401, 402, 404) all count in the theme portion of the curriculum. Due to the changing nature and title of topic courses, they are not listed individually under the section headings.

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Food and Agriculture


History, Culture, Society

Land Use


Spatial Analysis